THE TWILIGHT SAD | 24.11.2018 | Leeds O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE TWILIGHT SAD | 24.11.2018 | Leeds O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Twilight Sad – 24th November 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

Feature by Graeme J. Baty

The Twilight Sad – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

A night in Leeds with two of the greatest Scottish bands of all time! It’s an early start for TTS since it’s a Saturday and there’s a 10pm venue curfew. That doesn’t deter the TTS Fans who are down here in numbers to support the lads.

Their slow and steady trajectory is building to a long-awaited new album which is out early 2019. With sold out shows all over Europe now, the secret is out. Gone are the days of turning up and paying on the door.

The first time I saw them was in 2011 with Mogwai at the Gateshead Sage, my ticket from the show above for nostalgia purposes! That night hooked me in and I’ve been a fan ever since. Despite technical issues on the night, they made a memorable impression, I went and bought both of their records the next day. That’s what they do. You see them, you’re blown away, you come back to the next show with more pals and let them in on the secret.

Hard graft, great support slots and damn good songs have paid off. They’re now labelmates with Mogwai on Rock Action Records. Truly a band on the rise. I can’t think of a band that deserves success more than these humble chaps. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of them in 2019. New album ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ is out in January and a full UK tour is anticipated.

The Twilight Sad – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

The Twilight Sad take to the stage, it’s really dark, moody vibe with nearly no light, just a whiff of smoke and the occasional strobe. With the band performing in silhouette for much of the show.

The set is a lean 45 minutes, so there’s no messing about. Highlights include new material I/m Not Here and VTr which are both becoming firm live favourites. Seb’s percussion propels VTr to another level, impossible not to lose your shit to this one.

The Twilight Sad – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

Videograms, I have to admit is a bit lost on me. A minor change of direction soundwise but it seems to be growing on me with each listen. Its sound is highly synth-led, Cure Depeche Mode, INXS type vibes show the band have grown and diversified from the bludgeoning wall of guitar sound that I fell in love with back in the day. There’s something magic in the new sound, but I must admit I adore that wall of guitar noise! However, it does add balance to the set, giving a softer edge and adding a welcome respite. I need to hear it in context of the record, give me a few more plays when I get my hands on the LP and I’m sure it’ll grow on me.

Their version of the classic Keep Yourself Warm gained the most enthusiastic response from the crowd. I’d love to hear a live version of this released, it’s simply wonderful.

The Twilight Sad – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

They close on And She Would Darken The Memory, which sends shivers down my spine and fists pumping in the air. It’s all over too fast, just a little slice of perfection. There are no tears for me this time around, the Leeds Brudenell show (head here for that write up) was very cathartic experience with my own mental health battle this year, music has saved me. I’m back to that lovely feeling of sheer euphoria from a Twilight Sad show.

With a bill like this, it’s easy to forget that I’m actually here to see two bands! Oh yeah, Mogwai are still to come! A full review and photo feature for that very soon.

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THE TWILIGHT SAD | 20th October 2015 | Newcastle O2 Academy

THE TWILIGHT SAD | 20th October 2015 | Newcastle O2 Academy

The Twilight Sad – 20th October 2015 – Newcastle O2 Academy

They opened for the Editors and I think they made some new fans on this night. Their reception from the crowd was brilliant. The setlist was a total winner, well paced with lots of powerful songs and a slow number halfway, allowing the audience a breather. I was over the moon when they played ‘I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want’, a bloody marvellous song.

Annoyingly some people were talking through the intro to ‘Cold Days from the Birdhouse’. I just wish the set was a bit longer, but a 30-minute bludgeoning will do nicely. I rave about this band a lot and with shows like this, I had that cheeky “told you so” face on 🙂

The Twilight Sad, Newcastle Academy Oct 2015
The Twilight Sad – Setlist, Newcastle Academy Oct 2015

Sadly the Editors came across a little bit tame in comparison, but fair play to them, they always book amazing support bands.

The Twilight Sad are slowly on the rise, which is great to see, they really do deserve it. Next stop for me is the sold out Barrowland show in Glasgow in a couple of months. I will finally get to see them on their home turf and in one of the best venues in the UK. That night the camera will stay at home, I’m just going to indulge myself in the music of one of the greatest bands around and a few pints!!

Here’s some photos… erm lots of photos…

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The Twilight Sad – Newcastle Cluny April 2015 – PHOTO FEATURE

The Twilight Sad – Newcastle Cluny April 2015 – PHOTO FEATURE

The Twilight Sad 
Newcastle Cluny, 23rd April 2015

Well what can I say. It’s no secret that they’re one of my favourite bands but this show exceeded my( already high) expectations. I teamed up with NE:MM again for a rather special exclusive with the band. Including an interview (posting in the near future on NE:MM) and James Graham reviewing the show from their perspective!

James Graham - The Twilight Sad - April 2015
James Graham – The Twilight Sad – April 2015

A sold out show with some pretty damn tough lighting, so my shots are from one spot and the band were in darkness for the majority of it. Still grabbed some crackers though.

It took a few days for the show to sink in, speaking to other fans after the show the verdict seems unanimously positive, nothing beats a TTS live show. And in a week where I also saw stunning performances from Russian Circles and Nick Cave this show came out on top. Pretty sure it’ll be my gig of the year. This marks my 5th time seeing the band, may there be many more! A truly amazing evening.

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The Twilight Sad - Newcastle Cluny April 2015
The Twilight Sad – Newcastle Cluny April 2015

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The Twilight Sad – Newcastle Cluny Oct 2012 – PHOTOS

The Twilight Sad – Newcastle Cluny Oct 2012 – PHOTOS

The Twilight Sad
Newcastle Cluny October 2012

My second time seeing this great band. The lights were rather dismal in the venue tonight. My old camera setup struggled quite a bit. Still there’s a handful of pics I still really like.

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THE TWILIGHT SAD – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTO FEATURE

THE TWILIGHT SAD – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTO FEATURE

The Twilight Sad – Split Festival 2014
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By popular demand, here is my full image gallery of a special set by The Twilight Sad. Scotland’s finest play the 2nd Stage today, which proves a perfect setting, dark gloomy with epic backlighting and a storm lashing outside. Today they treat us to their first album in full, the modern classic ‘Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters’.

This marks my 4th time seeing the band and my second on this LP tour, having made a 200 mile round trip pilgrimage to see them at the Brudenell in the summer. I’d jumped at the chance to cover Split fest having spotted their name on the bill, to say I was looking forward to this is an understatement! They pulled off one of the best performances of the festival, winning over new fans, critics and of course us old fans. I think I sang along whilst snapping away. Sometimes my job is rewarding, today is one of those days. Great, great band. And a great band to photo, trying to capture that intensity is tough but rewarding.

Anyway, I waffle. Pics, that’s what you asked for…

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